Jinhae Tower

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Address: Jehwangsan-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon, Gyeongsangnam, South Korea

How to get there: Cross the street from the bus terminal and just walk straight until you reach the foot of the mountain.

Operating Hours: All day

Entrance Fee: Free

Going up the mountain, you have two options – a monorail or climb the 365 step staircase to the top. We were martyrs and decided to take the staircase option. Also, the line at the monorail was very long. The monorail costs W2,000 one way for adults and W3,000 for a round trip ride.

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Once you start going up the stairs and you look at the streets below, you’d find a beautiful sight.

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When you reach the top, the surrounding area is decorated with cute garden designs such as this bush cut to make it look like a bear.

The Jinhae Tower has 9 floors. The first and second floors are dedicated to the Jinhae City Museum which features artifacts excavated around the Jinhae area.

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On the 9th floor is an observatory that overlooks the whole city of Jinhae and its surrounding coast. Jinhae is a big port city and the country’s naval base.

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You can also see the rotunda which is the center of the festival and their preparations for it.

If walking alongside the trees is not enough to make you feel the magic, the Jinhae Tower gives you the extremely beautiful view of the city below. You will notice all of the cherry blossom trees that are in full bloom.

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Yeojwacheon

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Address: Yeojwa-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon, Yeongnam, South Korea

How to get there: I don’t remember, we just got lost. And asked around. Koreans will help you get there. I know it’s near the Jinhae Train Station.

Operating Hours: All day

Entrance Fee: Free

The Yeojwacheon is also known as the Cherry Blossom Road. It is one of the main attractions of the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival or the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival.

My first impression of the stream and the city itself is that it’s a fairytale waiting to happen. Just being in the city makes you feel that magic is just waiting around the corner.

For me, the stream is very romantic. It’s nice to spend time with your loved one just strolling along the side of the stream.

This post will not be complete without a photo of a cherry blossom. So, here it is. Beautiful, no?

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There are different sections of the stream which are designed with different items such as umbrellas, bicycles, and Disney characters.

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There’s also a part where you can go down the stream and walk alongside it. To be honest, this is a better view of the cherry blossoms. And it’s a beautiful sight when the wind blows and some blossoms get blown away.

That’s definitely magic.

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At the streets on the either side of the stream are stalls that sell various Korean street food. One thing always gets my attention and I can’t figure out what it is. Could it be an insect? Or shellfish? The food beside it is mangu and it’s just tasty!

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One thing I also learned about Korean culture is that in this day and age, they still believe in fortune telling. This could be rooted in their belief in karma and their heavy foundation on spirituality.

We are days ahead of the official start of the festival. 3 days to be exact. It would be better, I think, if we arrived a little later so that most trees are in full bloom.

I will definitely go back to this spot with a significant other and make magic happen before our own eyes.

Going to Jinhae from Busan

If you’re in Korea to see the cherry blossoms, you’d be familiar with the city of Jinhae.

To go to Jinhae from Busan, you have to make your way to the Sasang Station on Line 2 of the Busan Metro.

There are two ways to get to the Seobu Intercity Bus Station. You can either get into the department store which is connected to the bus station or get out of the subway and walk to the bus terminal.

If you choose to go out of the subway station and follow the directions on which exit is closest to the terminal, you’d see the bus terminal on your left. It isn’t hard to find because the sign will be in your face.

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If you can see this sign which reads Busan Seobu Beoseu Teomineol (Busan Seobu Bus Terminal), you’re in the correct path. I just realized now that when Koreans translate English words into their own alphabet, they have an accent.

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Once you enter the terminal, you’d see the ticket counters. Don’t worry about the amount of people buying tickets. Seobu Bus Terminal caters to a lot of cities in South Korea, even Seoul. Also, buses to Jinhea depart every 15 to 20 minutes.

Buses to Jinhae service passengers between 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM.

Don’t fret!

Tickets to Jinhae cost W5,100 onee-way. You cannot buy round-trip tickets because you’d have to buy the Jinhae-Busan ticket at the Jinhae Express Bus Terminal.

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After purchasing your ticket, you will make your way to Platform 17 where buses to Jinhae are parked.

The bus ride is just 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the traffic. I was quite surprised that days before the festival, there isn’t much traffic so it was just a short ride to Jinhae.

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If you’re going back to Busan after your Jinhae adventure, you’d have to go back to the Jinhae Express Bus Terminal and buy your tickets there. Still, buses are abundant so there’s no need to take note of a bus schedule. The last bus to Busan, though, could be around 11:00 in the evening.